For love and survival

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Project by g1hopper posted 11-25-2009 11:37 PM 2143 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past year has been a bit difficult for my family, more so for my wife. Last March she was told that she had breast cancer. Most people are well aware that a Pink ribbon is a symbol of Breast Cancer awareness. What you may not know however, and I learned after some research, is that one of the things that a purple ribbon symbolizes is General Cancer Survival.
The general construction of the rocker was inspired by the works of Sam Maloof. The idea for the back support, color selection and placement is of my design. As you can imagine, the back supports design and my desired to create this rocker came from the year my wife has had and how well she has done fighting cancer and keeping her spirits up.
The rocker is from Walnut and Purple Heart. In my opinion these pictures do not truly show the wonderful colors and grain pattern of the wood. One of my co-works that also does photography on the side said he would take pictures of my work in a couple of weeks. I am sure the pictures he takes will turn out much better. I will try to get some of those pictures out when that happens.

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 11:43 PM

Steve: Tell the little lady to hang in there. Hope things go well. Beautiful chair and great gesture. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 11:45 PM

Beautiful rocker. I like the form, the finish is hard to see. You might try photographing it outside.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 11:46 PM

What a beautiful idea! It’s like you are wrapping her in your arms every time she sits down.
God bless, and I hope your wife is doing well.


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#4 posted 11-26-2009 12:29 AM

Wonderful thought – good luck to all of yours

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 12:43 AM

Wonderful rocker.
Tell your wife to keep fighting!

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#6 posted 11-26-2009 12:47 AM

A very moving story and a wonderful expression in wood.
My best wishes and prayers to you both.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 11-26-2009 01:01 AM

Hi Steve!

I think we met this past October at a Sam Maloof Seminar locally here in central Iowa – Given by Mike Johnson from Mr Maloof’s shop. You described this chair and showed me pictures of the progress of the chair. I see now that it is a wonderful item that was constructed with care and love. I so hope that your wife does well and wanted to tell you that you are in my thoughts as well as many others here. Best wishes for the holidays!


-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#8 posted 11-26-2009 01:32 AM

Fantastic design and execution. My thoughts are with you and your wife.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 11-26-2009 01:47 AM

WOW I like it very much and I am sure she loves it as much as you did during the bulid. It is an awesome thing to be able to make somthing out of your heart and put it to a pratical project. My prayers go out to your wife and to you as well…

-- David '65

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#10 posted 11-26-2009 02:00 AM

Steve, wow, what an impressive piece! Fantastic job and a wonderful tribute to your wife’s fight and survival to cancer. It’s amazing how some of the LJ’s on this site have some similar experiences….... My story echos your’s….
My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has gone through the chemo / radiation / masechtomy and now is trying to fight a lung disease possibly from the chemo…...... Having said that, she is doing pretty well considering and continuing the fight. You’re not alone out there and I applaud you for what you have created and your support of your wife!!!!!

Thanks for sharing and I may be coming to you for ideas / help on maybe making a chair like your’s, if you don’t mind.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 11-26-2009 02:04 AM

Things always look better when they come from the heart, best wishes to you both and awesome build on the chair.

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#12 posted 11-26-2009 02:10 AM

beautiful build ,
with love .
the best to you both in this ,
and in the holidays !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 11-26-2009 02:21 AM

Great Rocker! You did a superb Job!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#14 posted 11-26-2009 04:52 AM

That is an awesome chair and what an awesome husband you are to design and build such a beautiful piece of art work that displays your love for your wife. I’m sure when she sits in that beautiful chair it’ll certainly give her inspiration to take her fight to a higher level. Bless both of you.
I think the Cancer Society needs a photo of that chair and the inspiration behind it.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#15 posted 11-26-2009 04:14 PM

Beautiful work. My thoughts are with you and your wife.

-- Rick

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